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YSU’s Peck House to be deconstructed



Published: Mon, August 20, 2012 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report

Youngstown

The historic Peck House on the Youngstown State University campus is being demolished.

YSU trustees voted last June to raze the building, located on Wick Avenue.

Gene Grilli, vice president for finance and administration, sent a memo last week throughout campus saying the building was being deconstructed.

The Peck House is a 7,660-square-foot, single-family home in the Wick Avenue Historic District and was built in 1887 for Dr. George and Emeline Peck. It’s one of six mansions remaining on Wick.

A committee of campus and community representatives met for several months and tried to find a use for the building.

But no uses that were economically feasible were identified.

“Meanwhile, the administration has recommended and the Board of Trustees has accepted a plan to also demolish Pilgrim Collegiate Church on the corner of Wick and Lincoln avenues,” Grilli’s memo says. “A timeline for the demolition has not been set.”

Trustees voted to tear down the church last March.

The same committee that sought uses for the Peck House also did so for the church with the same result.

YSU bought the church in 2007 to prevent the property from being developed commercially.


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1southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

The city won't be happy until all of the Wick mansions are eradicated....t

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2franc004(71 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Um, this happened last week. It's gone.

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3PhilKidd(186 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

You can watch the demolition here. Damn shame.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy2Mbo...

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4pressanspol(1 comment)posted 2 years ago

I am an architectural historian in Cleveland. The Peck House almost certainly was designed by a Cleveland firm named Granger & Meade. There was a house here that was 95% identical to this house that was fully documented as one of their designs. It was built in 1894 -- it is very unlikely that the Peck House was built as early as 1887 -- neither Alfred Granger nor Frank Meade were in practice yet. It obviously was a very progressive design -- very Colonial Revival -- at a time when this was yet a decade away in many places. Does anyone recall, or even know, that the University received a Campus Heritage Grant from the Getty Foundation, several years ago, whose purpose was to finance determining what structures were historical and then PRESERVE them? What a horrible misuse of this money.

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